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State Agencies Partner to Recruit Foster Parents for Children with Disabilities

By Barbara Palmer

APD has launched a new initiative to find more individuals to become foster parents for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities currently in the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Get Ready!

Are you ready? June 1 means it is hurricane season, which runs through November 30. Be sure to create your family’s emergency plan. You will want to think about evacuation routes, local emergency management contacts, and creating a disaster supply kit.

APD is Recognized by PR Association

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) won three awards during the Capital Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association’s Image Awards on May 25 in Tallahassee.

Looking to become a Provider? IT'S FREE!

All forms required to become a provider are available for free on our apdcares.org website. There is no need to pay a third party for APD's free updated forms. Click here to learn more about becoming an APD Provider and to view the free forms. APD is not affiliated with any third party vendor for provider enrollment.

Avid Gamer and Effective Employee

When asked what drives him to keep employment with Waterfront Mission Bargain Center, Andre Lewis candidly answers, “I just want to buy my own things for my room. I like games, and I want a big TV and my own cell phone.”

Disability Employment Awareness

Julius puts his talents to work at Farmer, Jaffe, and Weissing Law Firm by doing data entry and scanning documents. “At the end of the day, it’s good…to think about what I’ve accomplished,” said Julius. Learn more about Julius here:


Around the State

Sunland’s 3rd Annual ‘Art in the Park’ Show

Spring was certainly in the air at Sunland Center as they celebrated their 3rd Annual ‘Art in the Park’ show at the beautiful Environmental Park on May 6.

Garden Grows New Opportunities

In October 2016, brothers Jeff and Jon Shell started a produce business in downtown Pensacola called Jeff’s Corner Garden, which is located inside the northwest portion of a larger urban garden named From the Ground Up.

Angels in Disguise

Yes, it’s true-angels do walk among us. We may not be aware of them since they don’t sport wings or halos and are not always dressed in white, but they are always there for our customers.

The Southernmost Point

On May 25, before the sun rose, three APD colleagues made their way south to Key West. It was a long drive, four hours one-way, but each of us had a task to complete.

Southeast Region News

In May, Deputy Director Rita Castor held a staff meeting with Field Office 9 to update everyone on the changes in the office.

Recruiting Nurses

Suncoast Region attended the Keiser University Career Fair in an effort to recruit graduating Registered Nurses. This was our Region’s first time participating in a Career Fair with respect to recruitment efforts.

UF's Disability and Health Newsletter

In an effort to inform those on the APD waiver and waiting list, caregivers, and service providers about co-occurring medical conditions that commonly affect individuals with developmental disabilities, the community-based Supports and Education Workgroup, part of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Waitlist Strategic Plan Implementation Task Force, would like to share and encourage subscription to the Florida Office on Disability and Health’s “Access for All” monthly e-newsletter.

Family Café

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities will have speakers at 17 different presentations at the 19th Annual Family Café. Online registration is now open.  Please visit www.familycafe.net to register.

Empower Florida

APD Director Barbara Palmer will be a keynote speaker at the Empower Florida conference in Miami June 9-10. The conference will be held at the Miami Airport Convention Center, located at 777 N.W. 72nd Avenue.

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